History FanFic / TheNewRetcons

26th Feb '15 5:30:34 PM FoominBlue
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* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:John and Kortney. His fellow dentists point out how unusual it is that he can say his fiancee is the same age as his daughters.]]
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* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:John and Kortney. ]] His fellow dentists coworkers point out how unusual it is that he can say his fiancee is the same age as his daughters.]]

* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Anthony did not take it well when he found out Elizabeth wasn't a virgin, and the fight drove her out of the wedding suite [[spoiler: and into the arms of Warren Blackwood, leading directly to James's conception.]]
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* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Anthony did not take it well when he found out Elizabeth wasn't a virgin, and the fight drove her out of the wedding suite [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and into the arms of Warren Blackwood, leading directly to James's conception.]]

* NatureVersusNurture: All [[spoiler: three]] of Elly's daughters worry if they have inherited Elly's madness or if their different upbringings and paths in life will prevent that from happening.[[spoiler: Worries increased further when a letter from their maternal aunt Phyllis gave hints that mental issues were genetic in grandmother Marian's family.]] * NeatFreak: Elly attempts to be one [[spoiler: to purge her own feelings of dirtiness due to having Claire out of wedlock and being a divorced single mother.]] It didn't work.
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* MyNameIsNotDurwood: John constantly called his fellow dentist 'Elliot' instead of Everett. He only stopped after the other man published a full-page ad in the paper declaring "'''MY NAME IS EVERETT, YOU IDIOT!'''" * NatureVersusNurture: All [[spoiler: three]] [[spoiler:three]] of Elly's daughters worry if they have inherited Elly's madness or if their different upbringings and paths in life will prevent that from happening.[[spoiler: Worries [[spoiler:Worries increased further when a letter from their maternal aunt Phyllis gave hints that mental issues were genetic in grandmother Marian's family.]] * NeatFreak: Elly attempts to be one [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to purge her own feelings of dirtiness due to having Claire out of wedlock and being a divorced single mother.]] It didn't work.

* PetTheDog: For all the bad choices and line crossing John did, he ''did'' make a good one in siding with Tracey and Gordon and saying that there was a need to investigate the nuclear fallout and its effects on Millborough's citizens.
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* PetTheDog: ParentalNeglect: ** The only reason Michael's willing to spend any time around his children is as 'research' for his book, which he considers to be incredibly hard work. ** When Elly falls into her fugue state, April's her first victim. She only remembers having two children and rejects April as a stranger. * PetTheDog: ** When Dee expects April to cancel her plans so she can come babysit, Elly surprises them both by volunteering to sit instead. Not only that, she actually tells Dee that they need to give April more advance notice! ** For all the bad choices and line crossing John did, he ''did'' make a good one in siding with Tracey and Gordon and saying that there was a need to investigate the nuclear fallout and its effects on Millborough's citizens.

* PromotionToParent: In an odd sense. When Elly lost it, she insisted that April wasn't her daughter and April got thrown out of the house. Since she was still technically a minor, this could be applied to Michael since he let April stay at his house. Definitely more plausible when John gave up on convincing Elly that April was their daughter, effectively disowning her. ** In an odder sense: [[spoiler: Claire didn't even ''know'' she had siblings for years, yet she's becoming more of a parental figure to April than Elly ever was. Was made kind of awkward when April nearly said she was old enough to be her mother-they're 22 years apart.]] * [[spoiler:PsychoLesbian: Connie.]] * RaceLift: Technically, [[spoiler: James Allen Caine. In canon, based on the [[http://catalog.fborfw.com/strips/08/080831.jpg one image]] we see of him, he got his looks from Anthony. Since he's a ChocolateBaby in The New Retcons, his hair and skin were darkened to resemble his biological father Warren.]]
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* PromotionToParent: PromotionToParent: ** In an odd sense. When Elly lost it, she insisted that April wasn't her daughter and April got thrown out of the house. Since she was still technically a minor, this could be applied to Michael since he let April stay at his house. Definitely more plausible when John gave up on convincing Elly that April was their daughter, effectively disowning her. ** In an odder sense: [[spoiler: Claire [[spoiler:Claire didn't even ''know'' she had siblings for years, yet she's becoming more of a parental figure to April than Elly ever was. Was made kind of awkward when April nearly said she was old enough to be her mother-they're 22 years apart.]] * [[spoiler:PsychoLesbian: Connie.PsychoLesbian: [[spoiler:Connie.]] * RaceLift: Technically, [[spoiler: James [[spoiler:James Allen Caine. In canon, based on the [[http://catalog.fborfw.com/strips/08/080831.jpg one image]] we see of him, he got his looks from Anthony. Since he's a ChocolateBaby in The New Retcons, his hair and skin were darkened to resemble his biological father Warren.]]

* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Invoked by Elly to get Anthony and Elizabeth together.]] ** John viewed his marriage to Elly as this. [[spoiler: Same with Kortney.]]
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* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Invoked [[spoiler:Invoked by Elly to get Anthony and Elizabeth together.]] ** John viewed his marriage to Elly as this. [[spoiler: Same [[spoiler:Same with Kortney.]]

* SecretlyWealthy: The authors went back and forth on whether John was this or only pretending to be [[spoiler: eventually settling on it being true, as Kortney and her twins inherited most of it.]]
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* SecretlyWealthy: The authors went back and forth on whether John was this or only pretending to be [[spoiler: eventually [[spoiler:eventually settling on it being true, as Kortney and her twins inherited most of it.]]it]].

* SecretlyWealthy: The authors went back and forth on whether John was this or only pretending to be [[spoiler: eventually settling on it being true, ** Meredith sees Roary as Kortney and her twins inherited most of it.]][[Literature/HisDarkMaterials daemon]].

* SignificantBirthDate: April and Claire share the same birthdate, April 1st. [[spoiler: This is another reason Elly tries to ignore April, her birthday just reminds Elly of Claire's.]] * SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler: It's implied that John died not long after his twin sons by Kortney were born.]]
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* SignificantBirthDate: April and Claire share the same birthdate, April 1st. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is another reason Elly tries to ignore April, her birthday just reminds Elly of Claire's.]] * SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's implied that John died not long after his twin sons by Kortney were born.]]

* [[spoiler: {{Streetwalker}}: Kortney]] * StepfordSmiler: Elizabeth jokes that she'll be accused of being this for defending Anthony for his {{Literal Minded}}ness. * [[spoiler: StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism: Elly (and Connie) was sent to a church-run academy after she got pregnant with Claire to put her up for adoption when she was born. According to Mira, the term they used for girls like her was 'wayward'.]]
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* [[spoiler: {{Streetwalker}}: Kortney]] [[spoiler:Kortney]] * StepfordSmiler: StepfordSmiler: ** Elizabeth jokes that she'll be accused of being this for defending Anthony for his {{Literal Minded}}ness. ** Michael isn't happy with how ''Blood Cargo'' turned out, but still plasters on a smile and acts like he is. * [[spoiler: StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism: Elly [[spoiler:Elly (and Connie) was sent to a church-run academy after she got pregnant with Claire to put her up for adoption when she was born. According to Mira, the term they used for girls like her was 'wayward'.]]

* [[spoiler: TeenPregnancy: Elly with Claire. WordOfGod is that Connie did this too, and that is how she and Elly met; they ended up at the same school for wayward girls.]] * [[spoiler: TheBabyTrap: Elly tried this on Stan to make sure he stayed home. It didn't work.]]
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* [[spoiler: TeenPregnancy: Elly [[spoiler:Elly with Claire. WordOfGod is that Connie did this too, and that is how she and Elly met; they ended up at the same school for wayward girls.]] * [[spoiler: TheBabyTrap: Elly [[spoiler:Elly tried this on Stan to make sure he stayed home. It didn't work.]] * TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Someone from the coroner's office suspects this with regard to Elly's autopsy, since there are things that didn't make it into the official report such as the contents of Elly's stomach or additional lacerations and puncture wounds, and that the chief coroner took over from the man that put the concerns forward, and that said chief coroner might have connections with someone with enough power and influence to cover it up.[[spoiler: It was John. The chief coroner was in the same model railroad club he was in. Uniquely for this trope though, he wasn't the murderer, just did it out of a misguided sense of protecting his children.]]

* ThereAreNoTherapists: Inverted. There ''are'' therapists. John just refuses to seek them out for Elly until he's no longer given a choice in the matter. * TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Someone from the coroner's office suspects this with regard to Elly's autopsy, since there are things that didn't make it into the official report such as the contents of Elly's stomach or additional lacerations and puncture wounds, and that the chief coroner took over from the man that put the concerns forward, and that said chief coroner might have connections with someone with enough power and influence to cover it up.[[spoiler: It was John. The chief coroner was in the same model railroad club he was in. Uniquely for this trope though, he wasn't the murderer, just did it out of a misguided sense of protecting his children.]]

* {{Workaholic}}: Mike. Between that and his repressing his bisexual nature, it tore his marriage with Deanna apart. * UnreliableNarrator: All over the place. It was discussed in the comments for Liz's February 2009 letter, particularly in the context of if ''Liz'' was one concerning [[spoiler: the [[AttemptedRape going-after.]]]]
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* {{Workaholic}}: Mike. Between that and his repressing his bisexual nature, it tore his marriage with Deanna apart. ThereAreNoTherapists: Inverted. There ''are'' therapists. John just refuses to seek them out for Elly until he's no longer given a choice in the matter. * ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Elly's letters after her post-wedding breakdown. * UnreliableNarrator: All over the place. It was discussed in the comments for Liz's February 2009 letter, particularly in the context of if ''Liz'' was one concerning [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the [[AttemptedRape going-after.]]]]going-after]]]].

** [[spoiler: John becomes this to Michael when he reveals he's not Michael's biological father.]] * WomanScorned: [[spoiler: Connie killed Elly because she did not love her back.]]
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** [[spoiler: John [[spoiler:John becomes this to Michael when he reveals he's not Michael's biological father.]] * {{Workaholic}}: Mike. Between that and his repressing his bisexual nature, it tore his marriage with Deanna apart. * WomanScorned: [[spoiler: Connie [[spoiler:Connie killed Elly because she did not love her back.]]

* WordOfGod: It's usually handy to read the comments of each entry to get tidbits that might not have been portrayed clearly enough, or supplemental material that was not written about, such as Weed and Michael having a fling in college or [[spoiler: Connie and Elly meeting at the school for wayward girls or Anthony having Aspberger's]].
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* WordOfGod: It's usually handy to read the comments of each entry to get tidbits that might not have been portrayed clearly enough, or supplemental material that was not written about, such as Weed and Michael having a fling in college or [[spoiler: Connie [[spoiler:Connie and Elly meeting at the school for wayward girls or Anthony having Aspberger's]].

* YourCheatingHeart: A major fear of Elly's. [[spoiler: Her fears that Stan was doing it caused her to spring TheBabyTrap. She constantly worried about John doing it. In her madness she thought April was a hygienist with aspirations on John. Funny enough, she never knew of the time he DID cheat on her with Kortney.]]
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* YourCheatingHeart: A major fear of Elly's. [[spoiler: Her [[spoiler:Her fears that Stan was doing it caused her to spring TheBabyTrap. She constantly worried about John doing it. In her madness she thought April was a hygienist with aspirations on John. Funny enough, she never knew of the time he DID cheat on her with Kortney.]]
26th Feb '15 5:23:04 PM FoominBlue
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* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Elly believes that therapy's all about 'blaming the mother for everything in the patient's life'. This is why she disapproves of Deanna taking the kids to a therapist to deal with their post-fire trauma.

* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Liz tried this to explain [[spoiler: how she and Anthony had a dark haired baby. Unfortunately for her, Anthony paid attention in biology and figured out the baby wasn't his.]] * AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: Elly had a daughter when she was a teenager and gave her up for adoption. Note that while April and Elizabeth were rather accepting of this, Michael and John did ''not'' take it well.]] ** Michael's got an additional one: [[spoiler: John isn't his biological father.]] ** Anthony has one too. [[spoiler: His father murdered his mother.]] * BeleagueredBureaucrat: As much as they'd like to commit Elly without John's consent, unless Elly becomes a danger to herself or others, the law's hands are tied; they can't. [[spoiler: This changes when she kidnaps a boy, thinking he's Lawrence.]]
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Liz tried this to explain [[spoiler: how [[spoiler:how she and Anthony had a dark haired baby. Unfortunately for her, Anthony paid attention in biology and figured out the baby wasn't his.]] * AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: Elly had [[spoiler:had a daughter when she was a teenager and gave her up for adoption. adoption.]] Note that while April and Elizabeth were rather accepting of this, Michael and John did ''not'' take it well.]] well. ** Michael's got an additional one: [[spoiler: John [[spoiler:John isn't his biological father.]] ** Anthony has one too. [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His father murdered his mother.]] * TheBGrade: While April does well in her classes, Elly's response to her getting a couple of A-minuses is to ask why they weren't straight A's. She goes on to harass April about getting a B on one test even though her grade's still an A. * BeleagueredBureaucrat: As much as they'd like to commit Elly without John's consent, unless Elly becomes a danger to herself or others, the law's hands are tied; they can't. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This changes when she kidnaps a boy, thinking he's Lawrence.]]

* [[spoiler: BungledSuicide: Michael.]] * CareerVersusMan: Elizabeth says she left her job teaching because she didn't fit in, but it reads more as this.
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* [[spoiler: BungledSuicide: Michael.[[spoiler:Michael.]] * CareerVersusMan: CareerVersusMan: ** Elizabeth says she left her job teaching because she didn't fit in, but it reads more as this.this. ** April mulls over this, wondering if she'll ever get married or if she'll end up devoting all her energy to her job. She references Jane Goodall, mistakenly thinking she was never married... because, as she later explains, Elly always referred to Miss Goodall as 'the crazy ape lady who never got married'.

* ChocolateBaby: [[spoiler: Warren Blackwood is James Allen's biological father, and it was obvious to Anthony that he couldn't be the father because pale blonds and pale redheads do ''not'' make tan brunettes.]] * ComingOutStory: [[spoiler: Ted]] does this at Lawrence and Nick's wedding.
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* ChocolateBaby: [[spoiler: Warren [[spoiler:Warren Blackwood is James Allen's biological father, and it was obvious to Anthony that he couldn't be the father because pale blonds blondes and pale redheads do ''not'' make tan brunettes.]] * ComingOutStory: [[spoiler: Ted]] [[spoiler:Ted]] does this at Lawrence and Nick's wedding.

* ConvenientMiscarriage: Deanna, twice. Bonus points because the first baby was conceived despite Dee being on a birth control shot. [[spoiler: It might have happened because being born in Millborough had an adverse effect on her ability to carry children.]]
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* ConvenientMiscarriage: Deanna, twice. Bonus points because the first baby was conceived despite Dee being on a birth control shot. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It might have happened because being born in Millborough had an adverse effect on her ability to carry children.]]

** It proved effective as it lead to his HeelRealization * DeliberateValuesDissonance: Jim acknowledges he screwed up in [[spoiler: sending Elly away to give birth and put the baby up for adoption]] but said that was the norm at the time, a view Iris backed up.
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** It proved effective as it lead led to his HeelRealization HeelRealization. * DeliberateValuesDissonance: Jim acknowledges he screwed up in [[spoiler: sending [[spoiler:sending Elly away to give birth and put the baby up for adoption]] but said that was the norm at the time, a view Iris backed up.

** [[spoiler: Kortney blamed Elly and Moira for getting fired, never mind that she was busted stealing. So she got involved with and engaged to John to get back at the now deceased Elly. Then when John died, leaving her and their two sons the bulk of his wealth, she bought out Lilliput's and fired Moira, then bought out much of Millborough itself to absorb it into Greater Scarborough.]] * DitzyGenius: [[spoiler: As revealed in the endgame, just think of Robin as a nicer [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon]] and you're on the right track.]]
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** [[spoiler: Kortney blamed Elly and Moira for getting fired, never mind that she was busted stealing. So she got [[spoiler:got involved with and engaged to John to get back at the now deceased Elly. Then when John died, leaving her and their two sons the bulk of his wealth, she bought out Lilliput's and fired Moira, then bought out much of Millborough itself to absorb it into Greater Scarborough.]] * DitzyGenius: [[spoiler: As revealed in the endgame, just think of Robin [[spoiler:Robin]] as a nicer [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon]] and you're on the right track.]]

* DysfunctionalFamily / DysfunctionJunction: Hoo boy, is it ever.
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* DysfunctionalFamily / DysfunctionJunction: DysfunctionalFamily[=/=]DysfunctionJunction: Hoo boy, is it ever.

* DysfunctionalFamily / DysfunctionJunction: Hoo boy, is it ever.ExecutiveMeddling: InUniverse, Michael sees his book editor's attempts to correct his grammar as this. He considers the errors to be part of his characters' Voice.

* FreudianExcuse: Elly's hatred of motorcycles stemmed from being rejected by a man that rode one. [[spoiler: That man was Frank Day, Elly's one time fling and the biological father of Claire.]] She also became a NeatFreak [[spoiler: to cope with her own feelings of dirtiness after her grandmother called her unclean for having a child out of wedlock, a feeling made worse after her first marriage ended.]] ** [[spoiler: Seeing how his parents treated Elly after she got pregnant with Claire]] caused Phil to decide he would never have kids.
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* FreudianExcuse: Elly's hatred of motorcycles stemmed from being rejected by a man that rode one. [[spoiler: That [[spoiler:That man was Frank Day, Elly's one time fling and the biological father of Claire.]] She also became a NeatFreak [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to cope with her own feelings of dirtiness after her grandmother called her unclean for having a child out of wedlock, a feeling made worse after her first marriage ended.]] ** [[spoiler: Seeing [[spoiler:Seeing how his parents treated Elly after she got pregnant with Claire]] caused Phil to decide he would never have kids.

** [[spoiler: Elly had Stan believe that Michael regarded him as this for many years, when in truth he didn't remember Stan at all and never knew that he was his biological father.]]
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** [[spoiler: Elly [[spoiler:Elly had Stan believe that Michael regarded him as this for many years, when in truth he didn't remember Stan at all and never knew that he was his biological father.]]

* GoldDigger: [[spoiler: What Frank and Stan both believed Elly to be, with some of TheBabyTrap thrown in for good measure for Stan]] ** [[spoiler: Kortney started out as this, dating and then getting engaged to John for his money. She realizes she fell in love with him when he defended her from Connie at Elly's funeral]]
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* GoldDigger: [[spoiler: What [[spoiler:What Frank and Stan both believed Elly to be, with some of TheBabyTrap thrown in for good measure for Stan]] Stan.]] ** [[spoiler: Kortney ''Who Silenced Elly Patterson?'' gives us another example: [[spoiler:Kortney started out as this, dating and then getting engaged to John for his money. She realizes she fell in love with him when he defended her from Connie at Elly's funeral]]funeral.]]

* {{Hustler}}: [[spoiler: Fiona.]] * HypocriticalHumor[=/=]{{Irony}}: Elly complains about how texting corrupts and ruins the English language, and then April corrects her own English. And then there's this:
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* {{Hustler}}: [[spoiler: Fiona.[[spoiler:Fiona.]] * HypocriticalHumor[=/=]{{Irony}}: HypocriticalHumor[=/=]{{Irony}}: ** In his very first letter, Michael laments how difficult spending time around his children is: -->'''Michael:''' "How Sheleigh must have suffered, having a husband who didn't help her with her children!" ** When April comments that it was irresponsible for Elly and Connie to not have their dogs fixed, Elly blames her for opening the gates, then goes on to say that if Edgar hadn't alerted them the day she wandered down to the creek, she would have drowned. April points out that Elly knew she could open the gate, and since she was only four, it was Elly's job to make sure she couldn't get out. Cue Elly yelling about her 'dredging up the past'. ** Elly complains about how texting corrupts and ruins the English language, and then April corrects her own English. And then there's this:

* [[spoiler:IAmNotYourFather: John isn't Michael's biological father.]] * IdenticalGrandson: [[spoiler: It's stated more than once that Claire looks like Elly circa April's birth, but with less stress wrinkles and better fashion sense.]]
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* [[spoiler:IAmNotYourFather: John IAmNotYourFather: [[spoiler:John isn't Michael's biological father.]] * IdenticalGrandson: [[spoiler: It's stated more than once that Claire [[spoiler:Claire looks like Elly circa April's birth, but with less stress wrinkles and better fashion sense.]]sense]]. * IgnoredEpiphany: John's letters reveal him to be more self-aware from the start. Unfortunately, even when he acknowledges his flaws, he refuses to do anything to ''correct'' them. For instance, he acknowledges that it's awful for him to [[spoiler:refuse to get Elly help after her psychotic break]], but he still won't swallow his pride and act.

* INeedAFreakingDrink: Anthony when he realizes [[spoiler: that his father murdered his mother]]
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Anthony when he realizes [[spoiler: that his father murdered his mother]]mother]].

* KeepingSecretsSucks: [[spoiler: In his defense, Anthony didn't ''know'' Claire being Elly's daughter was supposed to be a secret.]]
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* IveComeTooFar: Elly says as much after complaining about some of the negativity she'd heard about Anthony and Liz's engagement: -->'''Elly:''' "I've come too far, been made to give up too much not to recieve some sort of compensation for the pain." * KeepingSecretsSucks: [[spoiler: In his defense, Anthony [[spoiler:Anthony didn't ''know'' Claire being Elly's daughter was supposed to be a secret.]]secret]].

* KindheartedCatLover: [[spoiler: Fiona. She even took in a displaced Shiimsa.]] * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Deanna does this when she muses that the strangeness that permeated Millborough in September 2008 felt like someone took two years out of their lives because it was no longer in print and tried to sell the rest of it. Of course, then she makes references to how life would have turned out had the comic gone a different direction like it actually happened (ex: Elizabeth marrying Richard Nichols). ** In truth Elly's madness was this as well; it's a reference to the 'new-runs' Lynn Johnston attempted to do, combining strips from the eighties with new strips. Various memory problems (particularly with Deanna) are also attributed to the new-runs. And Elly's life flashing before her eyes signaled the return to straight reprints. [[spoiler: And Claire came across someone in her travels eerily reminiscent of Lynn Johnston herself.]]
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* KindheartedCatLover: [[spoiler: Fiona.KidsAreCruel: This is Elly's excuse for trying to take Robin's hearing aid away: in her mind, she's 'saving him' from getting teased. She's drawing from her own experiences here: -->'''Elly:''' "So what if the principal said I was the only one calling the girl with the orthodontia 'Tin-grin'? Everyone was thinking it." * KindheartedCatLover:[[spoiler:Fiona. She even took in a displaced Shiimsa.]] * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: LeaningOnTheFourthWall: ** Deanna does this when she muses that the strangeness that permeated Millborough in September 2008 felt like someone took two years out of their lives because it was no longer in print and tried to sell the rest of it. Of course, then she makes references to how life would have turned out had the comic gone a different direction like it actually happened (ex: Elizabeth marrying Richard Nichols). ** In truth truth, Elly's madness was this as well; it's a reference to the 'new-runs' Lynn Johnston attempted to do, combining strips from the eighties with new strips. Various memory problems (particularly with Deanna) are also attributed to the new-runs. And Elly's life flashing before her eyes signaled the return to straight reprints. [[spoiler: And Claire came across someone in her travels eerily reminiscent of Lynn Johnston herself.]]

** [[spoiler: John ran into the man he was based on, Rod Johnston. Neither Rod or his receptionist were amused.]]
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** [[spoiler: John ran runs into the [[spoiler:the man he was based on, Rod Johnston. Neither Rod or his receptionist were amused.]]amused]].

* [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather: Elly is Claire's biological mother.]] * MandatoryMotherhood: In the sole letter from Carleen, she mentions how she's always asked when she and Weed are going to have kids and is constantly given the 'you'll change your mind' spiel. Particularly from Weed's dad, with some HeirClubForMen overtones.
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* [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather: Elly [[spoiler:Elly is Claire's biological mother.]] * MandatoryMotherhood: MandatoryMotherhood: ** In the sole letter from Carleen, she mentions how she's always asked when she and Weed are going to have kids and is constantly given the 'you'll change your mind' spiel. Particularly from Weed's dad, with some HeirClubForMen overtones.

* MeatVersusVeggies: April becomes a vegan, and Elly is in denial about it, constantly trying to get April to eat a burger or tuna casserole. Not to mention she has to try recipes at Mike and Dee's because she gets snide comments from her parents every time she tries at her house. ** Whereas with Dee, at least there was a reason she was skeptical of April's diet, she was concerned because a friend tried a vegan diet and her hair fell out, but was assured by April's research into the matter.
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* MeatVersusVeggies: MeatVersusVeggies: ** April becomes a vegan, and Elly is in denial about it, constantly trying to get April to eat a burger or tuna casserole. Not to mention she has to try recipes at Mike and Dee's because she gets snide comments from her parents every time she tries at her house. ** Whereas with Dee, at least there was a reason she was By contrast, Dee is initially skeptical of April's diet, she was concerned because a friend new diet out of concern: one of her friends tried a an extreme vegan diet and had all her hair fell out, but was assured fall out. After being reassured by April's research into the matter. matter, she supports her.

* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Investigating into Elly's murder ended up [[spoiler: opening the cold case on Hanneke Caine's disappearance, when Gavin came under suspicion and a house search found Hanneke's body.]] * MistakenIdentity: John mistakes Claire for a lawyer hired by either Mira or the Mayeses to force John to give up his shares in Gordon's business. [[spoiler: He takes it much worse when Anthony inadvertently reveals her true identity as Elly's illegitimate daughter and attacks Elly.]] * MurderByMistake: [[spoiler: Connie]] said that this happened in the case of Elly's death; the target was actually John. [[spoiler: She lied.]]
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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Investigating into Elly's murder ended up [[spoiler: opening [[spoiler:opening the cold case on Hanneke Caine's disappearance, when Gavin came under suspicion and a house search found Hanneke's body.]] body]]. * MistakenIdentity: John mistakes Claire for a lawyer hired by either Mira or the Mayeses to force John to give up his shares in Gordon's business. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He takes it much worse when Anthony inadvertently reveals her true identity as Elly's illegitimate daughter and attacks Elly.]] * MurderByMistake: [[spoiler: Connie]] [[spoiler:Connie]] said that this happened in the case of Elly's death; the target was actually John. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She lied.]]
8th Jul '14 6:16:37 AM SeptimusHeap
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Sure Why Not is now Ascended Fanon. It's also Trivia. Bad examples and ZCE are being removed - If you disagree, feel free to restore with proper context.
* SureWhyNot: In the October 2008 letter Elly wrote, there were many typos in the letter. When asked if that was a sign of Elly's madness manifesting, the author behind Elly's letters admitted that the letter was actually not proofread, but decided that the earlier suggestion worked.
16th Sep '13 1:50:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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My Name Is Not Durwood is no longer a trope. Examples that are badly written or don't fit the subtropes are getting removed.
* AccidentalMisnaming: It's mentioned early on that John's fellow dentist Everett had to take out a full page ad in the local paper to tell him that cause John kept calling him 'Elliot'.

* MyNameIsNotDurwood: It's mentioned early on that John's fellow dentist Everett had to take out a full page ad in the local paper to tell him that cause John kept calling him 'Elliot'.
23rd Jul '13 7:21:09 PM Peteman
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Added DiffLines:
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Jim acknowledges he screwed up in [[spoiler: sending Elly away to give birth and put the baby up for adoption]] but said that was the norm at the time, a view Iris backed up.
23rd Jul '13 7:08:42 PM JIKTV
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* TheWorkaholic: Mike. Between that and his repressing his bisexual nature, it tore his marriage with Deanna apart.
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* TheWorkaholic: {{Workaholic}}: Mike. Between that and his repressing his bisexual nature, it tore his marriage with Deanna apart.
22nd Jun '13 7:43:08 AM Peteman
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** Anthony also sees the world like this, and it puts him in conflict with Liz over Francoise's favorite show, ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'', because it's more of a grey morality type show. *** Actually it's the fact that Anthony can't understand the difference between a mild tiff between people and a screaming match that leads to physical violence when it comes to arguments.
14th May '13 4:16:09 PM Jacob175
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Many years ago, the website for the newspaper comic ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' contained monthly letters from the characters of the comic, which provided supplemental material not shown in the comics themselves. In 2007, that section of the website was ended.
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Many years ago, the website for the newspaper comic ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' contained monthly letters from the characters of the comic, which provided supplemental material not shown in the comics themselves. In 2007, that section of the website was ended.

The result was ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'', an interactive story that took on a life of its own as various authors assumed the personas of the characters of ForBetterOrForWorse, and made them more than just plot devices, hinderances, and caricatures. They made them ''people'', with as many flaws as normal people have. What originally started as a supplement to the comic took on a life of its own after the comic ended, in varying directions, ultimately resulting in the murder mystery arc informally known as ''WhoSilencedEllyPatterson?'', where Elly Patterson is found dead and the plot explores the family's reactions to it and the police's investigation into it. A table of contents for ''The New Retcons'' can be found [[http://noblephoenix.livejournal.com/2055.html here]], while ''WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'' can be found [[http://noblephoenix.livejournal.com/2556.html here]].
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The result was ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'', an interactive story that took on a life of its own as various authors assumed the personas of the characters of ForBetterOrForWorse, ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse, and made them more than just plot devices, hinderances, and caricatures. They made them ''people'', with as many flaws as normal people have. What originally started as a supplement to the comic took on a life of its own after the comic ended, in varying directions, ultimately resulting in the murder mystery arc informally known as ''WhoSilencedEllyPatterson?'', ''Who Silenced Elly Patterson?'', where Elly Patterson is found dead and the plot explores the family's reactions to it and the police's investigation into it. A table of contents for ''The New Retcons'' can be found [[http://noblephoenix.livejournal.com/2055.html here]], while ''WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'' ''Who Silenced Elly Patterson'' can be found [[http://noblephoenix.livejournal.com/2556.html here]].

** Anthony has one too. [[spoiler: His father murdered his mother]]
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** Anthony has one too. [[spoiler: His father murdered his mother]]mother.]]

** Anthony also sees the world like this, and it puts him in conflict with Liz over Francoise's favortie show, ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'', because it's more of a grey morality type show.
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** Anthony also sees the world like this, and it puts him in conflict with Liz over Francoise's favortie favorite show, ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'', because it's more of a grey morality type show.

* [[spoiler: BungledSuicide: Michael]]
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* [[spoiler: BungledSuicide: Michael]]Michael.]]

* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Gavin Caine and Roger Arsenault
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Gavin Caine and Roger ArsenaultArsenault.

* DitzyGenius: [[spoiler: As revealed in the endgame, just think of Robin as a nicer [[TheBigBangTheory Sheldon]] and you're on the right track.]]
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* DitzyGenius: [[spoiler: As revealed in the endgame, just think of Robin as a nicer [[TheBigBangTheory [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon]] and you're on the right track.]]

* {{Hustler}}: [[spoiler: Fiona]]
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* {{Hustler}}: [[spoiler: Fiona]]Fiona.]]

-->'''Elly:'''Just what [Michael] doesn't need; some busybody (Mira) making him live out her dreams.
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-->'''Elly:'''Just -->'''Elly:''' Just what [Michael] doesn't need; some busybody (Mira) making him live out her dreams.

* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:John and Kortney. His fellow dentists point out how unusual it is that he can say his fiancee is the same age as his daughters]]
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* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:John and Kortney. His fellow dentists point out how unusual it is that he can say his fiancee is the same age as his daughters]]daughters.]]

* [[spoiler:PsychoLesbian: Connie]]
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* [[spoiler:PsychoLesbian: Connie]]Connie.]]

** John viewed his marriage to Elly as this. [[spoiler: Same with Kortney]]
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** John viewed his marriage to Elly as this. [[spoiler: Same with Kortney]]Kortney.]]

* ShoutOut: Meredith's toy tiger Roary is based on [[CalvinAndHobbes Hobbes]].
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* ShoutOut: Meredith's toy tiger Roary is based on [[CalvinAndHobbes [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Hobbes]].

** Elizabeth said that Elly was due for a verbal smackdown such as [[DeathNote Near gave Light.]]
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** Elizabeth said that Elly was due for a verbal smackdown such as [[DeathNote [[Manga/DeathNote Near gave Light.]]

* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:Claire, Fiona and Kortney]]
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* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:Claire, Fiona and Kortney]]Kortney.]]

-->'''Brad:'''[[spoiler:"Seal it up. [The Caine house] is now a full on crime scene.]]
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-->'''Brad:'''[[spoiler:"Seal -->'''Brad:''' [[spoiler:"Seal it up. [The Caine house] is now a full on crime scene.]]

* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Endgames and Epilogues, the last chapter of ''WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'', which covered Elly's death, and final letters from the characters in this story, ranging from six months later to fifteen years later.
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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Endgames and Epilogues, the last chapter of ''WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'', ''Who Silenced Elly Patterson'', which covered Elly's death, and final letters from the characters in this story, ranging from six months later to fifteen years later.
8th Mar '13 9:41:49 PM kazokuhouou
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* RaceLift: Technically, [[spoiler: James Allen Caine. In canon, based on the [[http://catalog.fborfw.com/strips/08/080831.jpg one image]] we see of him, he got his looks from Anthony. Since he's a ChocolateBaby in The New Retcons, his hair and skin were darkened to resemble his biological father Warren.]]
10th Feb '13 12:23:46 PM kazokuhouou
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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Someone from the coroner's office suspects this with regard to Elly's autopsy, since there are things that didn't make it into the official report such as the contents of Elly's stomach or additional lacerations and puncture wounds, and that the chief coroner took over from the man that put the concerns forward, and that said chief coroner might have connections with someone with enough power and influence to cover it up.[[spoiler: It was John. The chief coroner was in the same model railroad club he was in.]]
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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Someone from the coroner's office suspects this with regard to Elly's autopsy, since there are things that didn't make it into the official report such as the contents of Elly's stomach or additional lacerations and puncture wounds, and that the chief coroner took over from the man that put the concerns forward, and that said chief coroner might have connections with someone with enough power and influence to cover it up.[[spoiler: It was John. The chief coroner was in the same model railroad club he was in. Uniquely for this trope though, he wasn't the murderer, just did it out of a misguided sense of protecting his children.]]
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